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Supposed to play four English county games, on hold due to COVID-19 outbreak: Hanuma Vihari

Vihari refrained from naming the team.

Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Hanuma Vihari wanted to spend the break, playing county cricket in England. However, that has now been put to hold due to the massive coronavirus outbreak over the past few days. The COVID-19 has put to halt a number of cricket assignments and Vihari’s case was no different. Vihari broke into the Indian Test team during the 2018 tour of England and has featured on a consistent basis.

About his county stint, he refrained from revealing the name of the team until the paperwork is completed. The 26-year-old has kept his fingers crossed regarding the matches and said that the stint would be a learning experience for him.

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Will be a learning experience: Hanuma Vihari

“I was supposed to play four English county games this season. I would only be able to tell you the name when all the paperwork is complete. Right now, it’s on hold due to the unavoidable situation (COVID-19). Hope once it’s under control, I will be able to play those games. It will be a learning experience for me,” Vihari was quoted as saying in Times of India (TOI).

Vihari’s dedication to cricket can be comprehended from the fact that he churned out a double century on Tuesday, March 17 while playing in the Tamil Nadu CA league. Representing his employers Nelson CC, Vihari notched 202 runs against Alwarpet CC in a drawn match.

“I work for Nelson and I am committed to play when I am available. It was good match practice. Now I am back in Hyderabad. I will be taking a break for the time being,” the Andhra batter stated.

Vihari was recently a part of the Indian team in the two-match series against New Zealand. In those games, he could only manage 86 runs at an average of 21.50. But it was his knock of 55 off 70 balls at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch that caught the eyes of many. However, Vihari didn’t rate it as his best knock as India lost the match by seven wickets to lose the series 0-2.

“I wouldn’t call it my best innings. Yes, I was playing well but that innings didn’t get a victory for my team. It was good to score runs in tough conditions but you value it more when the team wins,” the middle-order batter added.

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